In Grand Cayman, you'll find the clearest waters imaginable, perfect for swimming, snorkeling or simply lazing the day away on a white sand beach. If you're looking to escape the cruise ship crowds, head north from Georgetown to Rum Point. Then crack open a cold one and be thankful you're livin' the dream.
Musical legend Jimmy Buffett perfected his beach bum personality on the outpost island of Key West, so if you're thirsting for the Margaritaville state of mind, this Florida jewel is the best place to start, especially since it's home to the flagship location of Jimmy's Margaritaville Restaurant.
Galveston Island has long been a summer retreat of Houstonians longing for a beach, and it's the perfect place to tune out for a few days of sun, seafood a few cold drinks by the Gulf. Make sure to set aside time for a walk through the Historic Strand District and a seafood dinner on the harbor.
Jamaica, the Caribbean's third largest island has a beach for every taste, whether you prefer a lively stretch of sand with a healthy offering of water sports or a sleepy retreat where the only other people in sight are local fishermen (on the Sunny Coast). Any residual stress will melt away as you sip on a daiquiri from a gently swaying hammock or munch on some fiery jerk chicken at a waterside restaurant.
East Coasters don't have to go far to find beach bliss thanks to Myrtle Beach on the Carolina shore. The pier is a great place to imbibe after the sun goes down, and odds are high you'll be doing it to live music.
Try to count the ways you can relax in Cancun, and well, you'll probably lose count. The powdery white sand beach remains one of the most beautiful in the world, while a different kind of bliss can be had at the five star resorts and award winning spas of the city. Plus, what better place to sip a salted margarita than in the country where it was invented.
The Bahamas' Abaco Islands have somehow managed to retain a sense of isolation that's hard to find further south. With their barefoot vibe, the Abaco Islands might just be the perfect place to achieve that Margaritaville mindset while fishing, sailing or diving,
Located on the Florida Panhandle, Panama City Beach has become a spring break favorite, where the sugar-white beaches – 27 miles of them – are matched in beauty only by the emerald waters. For travelers on a romantic getaway, it doesn't get much better than watching the sun set over the Gulf of Mexico.
Cabo San Lucas, which started out as a sleepy fishing village, has become one of Mexico's most exclusive vacation destinations. Now it's a place where beautiful beaches, lively nightlife, luxury resorts, trendy restaurants and some of the world's best sportfishing come together in one place. Margaritas complement it all.
Nicknamed the Island of Romance, Santa Catalina will make you feel worlds away from California's nearby mainland. There's not a single traffic light to be seen, but what you'll find instead are miles of hiking and biking trails, clean beaches and ample water sports. Feel yourself relaxing just thinking about it?